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Torero Trio named to CoSIDA Academic All-District® Football Team
Nov. 16, 2017

The 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District® Football Team recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. USD is represented on the District VIII team with three selections: senior NB Max Michaels (Poway, Calif.), senior wide receiver Justin Priest (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) and junior DT Connor Spencer (Boulder, Colo.).

All three players are starters for the USD football team that is currently 8-2 on the season and recently captured its fourth straight Pioneer Football League title and a spot in the upcoming NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs. Michaels, who makes the team for the third straight year, carries a 3.96 grade-point average in Accountancy. Connors, who makes the team for the second straight year, carries a 3.78 GPA in Electrical Engineering. Priest, who earns his first spot on the team, carries a 3.40 GPA in Finance.

First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, with first- and second-team Academic All-America honorees to be announced in December.


Pos., Name, School, Yr., GPA, Major
QB, Justin Herbert, University of Oregon, So., 4.08 GPA, Biology
RB, Patrick Laird, California, Jr., 3.51 GPA, Business Administration
RB, Ryan Nall, Oregon State University, Jr., 3.41 GPA, Speech Communication
WR, Marcus Cummins, UC Davis, So., 3.91 GPA, Psychology
WR, Justin Priest, University of San Diego, Jr., 3.40 GPA, Finance
TE, Andrew Vollert, Weber State University, Sr., 3.34 GPA, Communication
OL, Johnny Capra, University of Utah, Jr., 3.96 GPA, Communication
OL, Christian Boettcher, University of Arizona, Sr., 3.60 GPA, Biochemistry
OL, Jesse Burkett, Stanford University, Sr., 3.50 GPA, Japanese / Symbolic Systems
OL, Justin Outslay, Portland State University, Sr., 3.91 GPA, Business Finance
OL, Calvin Throckmorton, University of Oregon, Jr., 3.76 GPA, Human Physiology
K, Matt Anderson, California, Gr., 3.56 GPA, Business Administration (UG) / Education (G)
ST, Richard McNitzky, Stanford University, So., 3.88 GPA, Undeclared
DL, Nick Fehrenbach, UC Davis, So., 3.41 GPA, English
DL, Harrison Phillips, Stanford University, Sr., 3.35 GPA, Science, Technology & Society / Sociology
DL, Connor Spencer, University of San Diego, Jr., 3.78 GPA, Electrical Engineering
DL, Jacoby Wildman, Utah State University, Jr., 3.65 GPA, Sociology
LB, Ben Burr-Kirven, University of Washington, Jr., 3.58 GPA, Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media
LB, Frank Ginda, San José State University, Jr., 3.43 GPA, Communication Studies
LB, Adam Pulsipher, Brigham Young University, Gr., 3.83 GPA, Finance (UG) / Public Administration (G)
LB, Casey Toohill, Stanford University, Jr., 3.67 GPA, Political Science
DB, Baron Gajkowski, Utah State University, So., 3.63 GPA, Finance
DB, Tiger Garcia, UC Davis, So., 3.97 GPA, Managerial Economics
DB, Max Michaels, University of San Diego, Sr., 3.95 GPA, Accountancy



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